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Zucchini Dessert Squares Recipe

Zucchini Dessert Squares Recipe

We planted one too many zucchini plants a few summers ago and harvested a lot of zucchini that year. I was looking for ways to use them, and this delicious dessert is the result. —Nancy Morelli, Livonia, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. YIELD:16-20 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups cold butter
  • 8 to 10 cups cubed seeded peeled zucchini (4 to 5 pounds)
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly; reserve 3 cups. Pat remaining crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 12 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, for filling, place zucchini and lemon juice in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 6-8 minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender. Stir in the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; cover and simmer for 5 minutes (mixture will be thin).
  • 3. Spoon over crust; sprinkle with the reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until golden. Yield: 16-20 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 337 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein .

Reviews for Zucchini Dessert Squares

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Reviewed Aug. 9, 2016

"I absolutely fooled everyone with this recipe. My family and coworkers kept complimenting me on my apple dessert. This is without a doubt a keeper. Delicious. I followed the recipe exactly except I added a little cloves along with the other spices to the zucchini. I will definitely be making this again!"

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2016

"This is the best recipe for zucchini that I have ever tasted. I love the muffins but everyone loved these. They really do taste like apples. I cut back some on the sugar in the crust (1/2 cup) and think I will substitute two cups of oatmeal for two cups of flour next time. Great way to use all the zucchini we have this year."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2015

"My family thought this was an apple dessert. So tasty and a great way to use my summer zucchini. I think that you could cut down on the crust a little, but it was so great! A new family favorite."

Reviewed Aug. 13, 2014

"I made a half batch of this recipe last night. It worked very well in a 9x9 dish. The filling tasted enough like apple to fool the husband and the texture was tender crisp. I had worried it might be mushy, but was pleasantly surprised. The crust wasn't browned as nicely as I had hoped, but I will make this again!

Thank you for sharing the recipe!"

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2013

"I love this dessert. I have fooled many people with this one. My only issue is because of the juiciness of the filling, the crest gets really hard. Ohh so delicious though."

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2013

"A lot of recipes that call for zucchini, call for 1 or 2 cups. I loved using the 8-10 cups in this recipe!! I did use 1 cup oatmeal and 3 cups flour instead of the 4 cups flour. I used a bit less butter (maybe a 1/4 cup). The whole recipe calls for 3 cups of sugar and I cut it down to 1/4 brown and 1/4 white sugar in the crumb mixture and 1/3 cup white sugar in the filling. For those who don't like too sweet desserts, this still tasted sweet and delicious. It is definitely a make again recipe. My husband knew I was baking with zucchini, but looked really surprised with the first bite. He thought apple... like everyone else..."

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2013

"I usually don't rate recipes, but I had too with this one! AMAZING!!!! I did tweek a few things - taking a suggestion by adding 3/4c oatmeal & reduced the flour by the same & that could have been adjusted a tad more. I reduced the sugar in the crust down by 1/2c also. I couldn't wait for it to cool down before & cut into it & give it a try.....then I went back for another pc! Yes it was that good!! It was a tad sweet for me, & everyone else raved about it. My husband asked where I go the apples from & I told him there weren't any in it.....then he guessed (maybe knowing that I had alot of zucchini & i'm known for sneaking veggies into meals). This is a keeper & you'll know why it won a contest after you try it!!"

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2013

"Tasted JUST like apple cobbler! Great way to use up zucchini. Will be freezing some cubed up for this recipe"

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

"Made this recipe yesterday. Halved the recipe as it was previously suggested because there are only 3 persons here. Soooo delicious! There is no way someone tasting this would think it was zucchini, unless they saw you putting it together. The sweetness and tartness are perfect. I went out today and bought more zucchini's."

Reviewed Aug. 3, 2013

"4 star apple cobbler but 5 star zucchini cobbler! Once friends at a potluck found out it was zucchini, they all wanted the recipe. And one zucchini hater could not be convinced it wasn't apple! Great use of excess zucchini! :~)"

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"This was a very tasty way to enjoy the bountiful zucchini! The only thing I may add next time are some oats in the topping."

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2012

"Very easy, tastes like apple pie! would nver think that there were vn this~"

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2012

"This recipe is the ultimate zucchini recipe!! My 5 y/o and I made it last night. She could hardly wait till it was cooled. Her exact words were "Mama, I didn't know zucchini could taste so good....tastes just like apples". I am going to can my zucchini using this recipe so we can have this dessert year round. Thank you for sharing!"

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2012

"My wife and I were both amazed at how good this recipe was. She thought there were apples in it as it tasted like an apple cobbler. The only changes I made was using my Italian squash instead of zucchini and adding a little of my own dried hot pepper to the dry mix and the filling. As I am swimming in summer squash right now I will be making this again to share."

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"<p>OMG...this is better than apple cobbler. I made this for a potluck. And it was fabulous. Not knowing what I was making, my husband tasted it and thought it was apple cobbler, (he hates zucchinni) :)    It did turn out more like cobbler than squares or bars. However, had I refrigerated it before taking it to the potluck, it would have solidified more, to cut into squares. It was great!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.</p>"

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Very Yum! Worked great with yellow zucchini, suspect would with yellow squash, too. Full recipe leaves lots to share, halve if there are only a few of you so the crust doesn't get soggy before you have it all eaten. Will definately share recipe and make again. P.S. I called these "Caramel dessert Bars" for my picky eaters and they were willing to try it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You have to try these bars! CKL"

Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"Out of all the zucchini recipes I've used this tops them all!!As usual taste of home did it again. I have so much zucchini from my neighbor's garden and this is what we made along with the zucchini cobbler. my neighbor cut up 2 bags of zucchini for me and asked for another cobbler and dessert swuare. thank you again its a KEEPER"

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"We have made this twice in one week. It is so fun to get people's reactions when they are enjoying this as "Apple Crisp" and you tell them they just ate Zucchini. We are sharing the recipe with all our friends. Thank you so much."

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"I think I should have bake it a bit longer as I wasn't real happy with the zucchini texture although the taste was great. Else, maybe cut the zucchini pieces thinner."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"Everyone thinks it's apples! The zucchini mixture will be VERY watery but trust the recipe."

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2010

"As with the others...I was a little unsure about the zucchini. My family likes zucchini bread, but not in any other form. I made this and didn't tell them it was zucchini--they loved it and couldn't believe it when I told them it was zucchini and not apples! I will definitely make this again. I will probably use coconut oil in place of butter and try to decrease the sugar by 1/2 cup or so. It is delicious and is sure to become a family favorite!"

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2010

"They were a big hit and indeed if you didn't know better you'd swear it was apples."

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2010

"Oh wow, I was very skeptical also, I made it for our Church group gathering and after everybody ate it I told them it was zucchini, they couldn't believe it, they LOVED it and not a bite was left. This is amazing and I have come back to it to print it all off for everyone. Thanks for sharing, will be making again soon."

Reviewed Aug. 3, 2009

"I was not sure about the recipe. I thought the person that said it tasted like apples was crazy. But it really does. I told my husband to take the leftover to work but once I tried it there was noway he was taking it. Everyone loved it and we had nothing left. And yes they all thought it was apples. My daughter gave it to her husband who doesn't like zucchini and he loved. Now everyone who has tried it ask for the recipe.

This is a winner in our house."

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2008

"I was skeptical about these before I made them, so I cut the recipe in half and used an 8x8 pan. I wish I'd made the whole batch! They were outstanding. Everyone thought they had apples in them. I used very young zucchini. We fed them some to family, sent some home with a granddaughter, took some to a quilting group--everyone liked them. This recipe is a keeper!"

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